Letters: Community came together to honor soldier

To the editor:

Chittenango is a wonderful and proud community. The manner in which the Chittenango community came together to honor Sgt. Edward H. Bolen was truly impressive. It was an honor for me to be asked to arrange Sgt. Bolen's funeral, but it was a request that could not be carried out alone. The support and assistance I received from so many people and organizations was incredible.

My deepest appreciation to the Chittenango High School administration, staff and student volunteers, the Chittenango Fire Company. The Chittenango Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, the Cazenovia Fire Department, the Manlius Fire Department, the North Chittenango Fire Company, the village of Chittenango and the Department of Public Works, the Chittenango Police Department, the Madison County Sheriffs Office, the NYS Police, the NYS Park Police, the town of Manlius Police Department, the Civil Air Patrol, the Patriot Guard, the William Cain American Legion Post #1287 in Chittenango, their Color Guard and Ladies Auxiliary, the Madison County Honor Guard, Oakwood Cemetery Assoc., the Olive Branch Flower Shoppe, Clos Hearse and Limousine Service, S.I. Funeral Service, the Red cross, Dunkin Donuts, Rev. Ed Reimer and the staff at St. Patrick's Church, Senator David Valesky, David Schwarz, Hancock Air Base, the U.S. Army Escort Team and Honor Guards, Casualty Officers, Sgt. Ramos, Major Johnston and General J. Maddux, and most importantly my staff, Lori Garris, Don Lough and Patrick Zimmer.

Thank you.

Geoffrey F. Zimmer

G.F. Zimmer Funeral Home

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